Location: Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research
2011 Annual Report
ABADRU research staff members were provided training by Kansas State University in Institutional Animal Care and Use, Institutional Biosafety Committee, and Export Control policies and procedures. All modules were completed.
BRI Biosafety staff and Laboratory Coordinators worked with ABADRU research staff members to develop biosafety manuals and standard operating procedures specific to the current research activities.
Regulatory compliance reviews of proposed ABADRU research projects by the K-State Institutional Biosafety Committee and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee have been conducted. Approvals have been completed prior to initiation of all research activities.
Permits and Select Agent Approval Status:
BRI Biosafety staff worked with ABADRU research staff to submit applications to the Centers for Disease Control and USDA, APHIS for storage and use of select agent pathogens in research. The application process included current specific project, facility, and safety and security program descriptions, as well as personnel security risk assessments. All 6 ABADRU staff members have satisfied training and registration requirements for individual Select Agent Security Risk Assessment (SRA) and have received SRA approval. BRI staff facilitated all required associated site inspections and follow up (CDC March 2010, CDC and USDA, APHIS Oct 2010, APHIS May 2010).
• Received Select Agent approval (August, 2010) and USDA, APHIS permit (October, 2010) for transport of Exotic Bluetongue Virus from Colorado State University and storage at the BRI. The virus collection is now securely stored in the BRI (November, 2010).
• Received Select Agent approval (May, 2011) and USDA APHIS permit (June, 2011) for laboratory (in vitro) work with Exotic Bluetongue Virus. Laboratory set-up in designated BSL-3 space has begun and is supported with BRI use fees.
• Received USDA, APHIS permit for MP12 vaccine strain of Rift Valley fever virus.